1. Commitment to Change
As they say, the first step is always the hardest, especially when it comes to starting your fitness journey. It always starts with a change of ‘mindset’ and also the ‘commitment’ to change your lifestyle and taking care of your life by taking care of your body. Fitness can be a luxury for some, but it quickly becomes a need once the doctor comes calling. The level of your commitment will ultimately determine your results and your motivation of working out will also determine how long you will last.
2. Set a Fixed Schedule
You should set a fixed schedule for your workout that minimizes the possibility of cancellation or interfered by work, except of course if the family needs you. Some people prefer to have their workouts done in the morning right before going to work and some would prefer a distress workout after a long day in the office. Ultimately, it depends on what will work for it. If you are a morning person then have your workout in the morning, and if not, then have it right after work.
3. Fix your Diet
Fixing your diet can mean adding or subtracting something from your current diet. You should start by eliminating junk food and high caloric drinks like soft drinks and start adding more vegetables and protein. You will find many trends in the internet of different diet programs but the most important concept you need to remember is this: calories out (workout) should be greater than calories in (food intake). Precision nutrition also explains what you should eat based on your body type.
4. Choose a Workout
In the last decade, we are seen a surge of new fitness clubs rising all with their own gimmicks and offering different types of programs for us. Because of this, it gives us more option on what type of workout we can try since majority of the fitness clubs today offers a free trial. Choose a workout that will suit your lifestyle and also your interest while making sure that the workout will be sustainable for you in the long run. If you haven’t done any physical activities in the past 6 months, I would recommend you try low intensity activities like light jog, yoga, circuit training and have it for 2 to 3 times a week. The key is to find a workout that’s fun and is compatible with your lifestyle.
5. Monitor Your Progress
In whatever physical activity you will engage yourself in, you will always expect results. Monitor and record your progress by measuring your girth, taking pictures every month or by simply check your shirt size every so often because these small victories will go along way once and will keep you motivated when you look back. You can write down your measurements in a small notebook and have it done every month. Try to avoid checking your weight every day because results don’t happen in a day or two and it will only lead you to being discouraged.
6. Get a Coach
As your fitness level increases, the intensity of the exercises should also increase in either weight or difficulty of an exercise, knowing when to progress can be a challenge by itself. A fitness coach and help you jump start your workout as well as monitor your progress, be a motivator and someone who makes sure you are executing your workout in the correct form or intensity while minimizing the risk of injury.